TITLE

TRAINING FOR COMPARATIVE RESEARCH IN SOCIOLOGY

PUB. DATE
February 1962
SOURCE
American Sociological Review;Feb62, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p147
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article revolves around the issue of training for comparative research in sociology. Though sociologist have concentrated upon the study of Western, industrial society, particularly that of the U.S. and anthropologists upon the study of primitive societies, an important third group of societies pertaining to the large agrarian societies of Asia, Africa and Latin America has been neglected. Although many sociological propositions are stated as universals, in the sense that the relationships between the variables presumably hold in any society, such relationships have usually been observed or tested only in the U.S. society. Because the primitive societies do not have complex systems of stratification, large-scale formal organizations etc., anthropological studies often fail to provide the comparative evidence necessary to test presumably universal sociological propositions. It follows that a major task ahead is the systematic comparative testing of these propositions with data from major societies, especially the national societies of Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
ACCESSION #
12785570

 

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